When I announced a couple of weeks ago that Streetsblog had struck an advertising deal with the L.A. Times allowing them to sell advertising space on Streetsblog, I assured readers that did not mean we would be accepting advertisements for automobiles, AAA, or politicians. The second advertisement the Times placed was for a car dealership. Apparently, we need to be very specific with the software that controls what advertisements go where.
I sat back and waited for the outraged emails or comments…I was at least expecting a snide comment or two from The Dude Abides, or Spokker, or Ubrayj02. But…nothing. Nobody said anything. The fundraiser for OpenPlans emailed me to see if I noticed, and I responded: “I’m going to wait until it runs through the cycle. I’m curious if any Streetsblog readers are going to care.”
So far, it seems as though none of you really cared. While I’m going to email our friends at the Times to make sure it doesn’t happen again, the experience does beg the question: Did you notice that advertisement? If you did, what did you think?